Please note, restrictions continue to ease in Northern Ireland. Visit our Belfast Reopening page to find out what’s open when, or visit our Ideas page for ways to enjoy Belfast safely today! For more advice on current restrictions visit our Coronavirus Advice for Visitors page.

Government restrictions have slowly been lifted and Belfast is staying safe and staying local. Here are some key dates you need to know:

Since 23 April

  • Outdoor visitor attractions have opened

Since 30 April

  • All shops have reopened
  • Pubs, cafés and restaurants reopened for outdoor eating and drinking
  • Caravan parks and self-contained accommodation reopened
  • Curfews for off-sales and takeaways have been removed
  • Outdoor gatherings co take place with up to 15 people from three households

Since 24 May

  • Restaurants, cafés and pubs recommenced indoor service
  • All tourist accommodation reopened
  • Indoor visitor attractions reopened

For the latest government advice, go to nidirect.gov.uk.

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Outdoor Attractions

Spring in Belfast 2021 Couple in Victoria Park with Daffodils

Outdoor spaces such as parks, gardens, forest parks and beaches are open. Read our Summer Walks blog for inspiration, or follow walking trails in the city to discover public art and beautiful views. Fifteen people from three households are currently allowed to meet outside together.

Outdoor sport has resumed – that means golf courses have reopened and certain outdoor activity centres have opened for sports like mountain biking, open water swimming, archery, fishing and more. Discover outdoor sports in Belfast >>

Outdoor attractions have also reopened. Opening times may be limited and advance booking may apply. Attractions that have reopened include:

Food & Drink

Back to Belfast Spring 2021 LIttle Wing Family

Restaurants, cafés and pubs have reopened (for up to six people from two households only). Opening times may have changed and some may require pre-booking, so we recommend checking with individual businesses before visiting.

If you need some inspiration, check out our guides to family friendly restaurants, cocktail bars, outdoor dining and beer gardens in Belfast.  Still not ready to eat out? Many restaurants continue to offer takeaways and you can pick up something to go from these coffee shops.

Shops & Retail

All retail is open for business. Please remember to stick to social distancing guidelines while shopping and wear a face covering in stores. If you need some inspiration for your first shopping trip, read our guide to shopping in Belfast – from designer labels and high street brands in Victoria Square and CastleCourt shopping centres, to unique finds in independent shops, Belfast has it all!

If you’re not ready to shop in store yet, click and collect services are still be available at many stores and you can always shop from home with these Belfast businesses with online shopping.

Sightseeing Tours

McComb's Coach Tours

Some walking tours have started again, with most offering private tours for up to 15 people from three households. Tour times may be limited and advance booking may be required. Coach and bus tours will be resuming from late May or early June.

Walking tours that have started again include:

Belfast City Sightseeing Tour and City Tours Belfast hop-on hop-off bus tours have also resumed.

Accommodation & Hotels

Clandeboye Lodge Hotel (9)

Caravan parks and self-contained accommodation (such as holiday rental homes and self-catering apartments) have reopened, though only one household is permitted to stay together. Hotels and guest houses have also reopened, with many now taking bookings. View all places to stay and get inspired for your next staycation.

Indoor Visitor Attractions

Look out for extra safety measures at indoor attractions, including one-way systems, use of face coverings and hand sanitising stations. Pre-booking may be required and opening times may be limited, so check with individual businesses for the most up-to-date information.

Titanic Belfast and SS Nomadic are ready to welcome you back. Visit titanicbelfast.com for details on safety measures and to book a timeslot for your visit.

Information & Services

Public Transport

Translink’s Metro, Glider and NI Railway services continue to operate though reduced timetables may apply. Remember to wear a face mask and follow guidelines while travelling. Aircoach’s Belfast route has also resumed. Taxi services such as Value Cabs continue to operate 24/7, with protective screens and sanitising measures in place to keep passengers safe.

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Visit Belfast Welcome Centre

Visit Belfast Welcome Centre is open and available to provide essential visitor information and advice.

  • Monday to Saturday 9am – 5.30pm
  • Sundays 11am – 4pm
  • Bank Holidays 11am – 4pm

Belfast City Region

If you're ready to escape the city you can explore further, in Ards and North Down and Lisburn and Castlereagh.

Ards and North Down

Ards and North Down has wide-open spaces, rich heritage, excellent food and an abundance of memorable experiences. Explore the area on guided walking tours, watersports experiences and foodie events this summer.

Lisburn and Castlereagh

The grounds of Hillsborough Castle and Gardens  are ready to be explored, and indoor tours of the castle have recommenced. Opening times are from Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm. Book your tickets online in advance at hrp.org.uk.

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